Kingdom Awards

Awards, Orders and Honors.

Awards bestowed in the SCA range from small tokens for any reason the Crowns see fit, to formal awards given during court. Depending on the award, the appropriate token could be quite simple and basic to very elaborate, handcrafted tokens. Most “formal” awards are accompanied by a scroll.

Awards are given by the King and Queen, in an attempt to recognize the achievements and contributions made by individuals in the Kingdom.

The King and Queen base Their decision on who deserves what awards on recommendations submitted by the general populace. Usually, the Crown will consult with others as to the accuracy and appropriateness of the recommendation. Some of the Kingdom awards confer membership in an Order, and some of these Orders are polled by the Crown to see what the consensus is regarding the recommendation.

For someone to receive an award, members of the populace recommend an individual according to the contributions and services they’ve made to the society, or members of the society. Anyone can send in an award recommendation for someone else. In fact, the King and Queen encourage the populace to be aware of the good people are doing within the Kingdom and let it be known to them for consideration for an award.

For descriptions of Society-wide Peerage orders (Chivalry, Pelican, Laurel, Rose, and Royal Peers) see the Who is Who? section of the SCA’s Forward into the Past pamphlet.

 


 

Article II. Awards

Section 2.01 All rights and honors accorded to anyone, be it patent, grant, award of arms or other award flow from the Crown. It is the Crown’s prerogative to grant awards and honors to those individuals and groups that they deem worthy subject to the requirements and strictures outlined in Corpora.

Section 2.02 Any subject may make recommendations to the Crown regarding any level of award.

Section 2.03 The principal of each Order is considered to be the first individual who has been inducted into said Order.

Section 2.04 The Crown shall be charged to consult with their heralds when creating awards. Any prospective award must have a name which has been reviewed by Diamond Principal Herald before the award may be given.

Section 2.05 Armigerous awards bearing a Grant of Arms or higher may only be awarded to those members of the populace carrying a current national membership in the SCA, Inc. All awards below this level or without armigery may be granted to any member of the populace of Gleann Abhann.

 


 

Article III. Royal Peerages

Section 3.01 Royal peerages are Dukes/Duchesses, Counts/Countesses and Viscounts/Viscountess as defined in the Governing Documents of SCA, Inc.

Section 3.02 Royal peers process first after Royalty in descending order (Duchy, County, and Viscounty) and before all armigers. Rank is inherent in Royal Title, and these do not otherwise confer armigery.

 


 

Article IV. The Order of the Rose

Section 4.01 This Order shall consist of past Consorts of the Kingdom and shall be presented at the pleasure of the Crown.

Section 4.02 Members of the Order shall be entitled to place after their names the initials C.R. and shall be styled and announced in processional as Companions of the Order of the Rose.

Section 4.03 The Order shall carry no arms or otherwise affect the precedence of the individual who receives this award.

 


 

Article V. Orders Patent

Section 5.01 Bestowed peerages are the Order of the Chivalry (being both the Knights and Masters of Arms), the Order of the Laurel and the Order of the Pelican as defined in the Governing Documents of SCA, Inc., and are considered one group, equal in precedence. Elevation to these Orders shall bear a Patent of Arms.

Section 5.02 The Crown shall elevate an individual to one of the bestowed peerages only after consulting with the members of the Order in accordance with these laws and the customs of Gleann Abhann

Section 5.03 Bestowed peers shall process ahead of Baronages.

 


 

Article VI. Baronages

Section 6.01 Baronages are divided into Territorial Baronages and Court Baronages.

Section 6.02 Territorial Baronages are granted at the pleasure of the Crown as outlined in the Gleann Abhann Laws of Governance.

Section 6.03 Court Baronages are granted at the pleasure of the Crown.

Section 6.04 Territorial Baronages convey with them a Grant of Arms if the recipient does not already have one.

a. As the direct representatives of the Crown, Territorial Baronages process ahead of the Royal Peers of Gleann Abhann in Order of March, as long as they remain in their appointed Estate.

Section 6.05 Court Baronages will convey with them an Award of Arms if the recipient does not already have one.

a. Court Baronages process ahead of Gleann Abhann Orders carrying an Award of Arms.


Article VII. Consulting Orders

Section 7.01 The Order of The Aries

a. The Order of The Aries shall consist of those individuals who have excelled as heavy weapons fighters. They will have shown prowess in the tournament or upon the field of war, displaying pageantry, chivalry and honor. These gentles will have shown long time service in the training of new fighters and sharing their martial knowledge. In addition they shall have consistently displayed dedication to authentic appearance and heraldic display in the Tournament.

b. Induction into this Order is accompanied by a Grant of Arms to the recipient if they do not already have one.

c. While election into the order rests solely with the Crown of Gleann Abhann, members of the Order have the right of consultation and recommendation directly to the Crown.

d. Induction into the Order is limited to three per reign.

e. The members of the Order shall adopt such guidelines as they find needful for internal governance of the Order. A copy of said guidelines shall be present at each meeting of the Order.

f. Holders of the Order shall be styled as Companions of the Order, be entitled to place after their names the initials C.O.A. and shall have the right to bear the badge of the Order.

g. Companions of the Order shall process before simple Grants of Arms.

h. Individuals who were inducted into the Order under the auspicious of the Principality of Gleann Abhann are hereby grandfathered into the Kingdom Order and will maintain their order of precedence within the Order of the Aries from their date of induction by the Coronet of Gleann Abhann. Members of the Order inducted under the Coronet shall not, however, be accompanied by a Grant of Arms.

Section 7.02 The Order of the Diamond Chalice

a. The Order of the Diamond Chalice shall consist of those individuals performing exceptional service to the Kingdom.

b. Induction into this Order is accompanied by a Grant of Arms to the recipient if they do not already have one.

c. While election into the order rests solely with the Crown of Gleann Abhann, members of the Order have the right of consultation and recommendation directly to the Crown.

d. The members of the Order shall adopt such guidelines as they find needful for internal governance of the Order. A copy of said guidelines shall be present at each meeting of the Order.

e. Holders of the Order shall be styled as Companions of the Order, be entitled to place after their names the initials C.D.C. and shall have the right to bear the badge of the Order.

f. Companions of the Order shall process before simple Grants of Arms.

Section 7.03 The Order of the Silver Lamp

a. The Order of the Silver Lamp shall consist of those individuals who have exhibited exceptional talent in the Arts and Sciences.

b. Induction into this Order is accompanied by a Grant of Arms to the recipient if they do not already have one.

c. While election into the order rests solely with the Crown of Gleann Abhann, members of the Order have the right of consultation and recommendation directly to the Crown.

d. The members of the Order shall adopt such guidelines as they find needful for internal governance of the Order. A copy of said guidelines shall be present at each meeting of the Order.

e. Holders of the Order shall be styled as Companions of the Order, be entitled to place after their names the initials C.S.L. and shall have the right to bear the badge of the Order.

f. Companions of the Order shall process before simple Grants of Arms.

Section 7.04 The Order of the Queen’s Blade

a. The Order of the Queen’s Blade shall consist of those individuals who have exhibited exceptional skill in the Arts of Defense (Rapier), have conveyed their knowledge to others, and have displayed chivalry on the field and in support of the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann.

b. Induction into this Order is accompanied by a Grant of Arms to the recipient if they do not already have one.

c. While election into the order rests solely with the Crown of Gleann Abhann, members of the Order have the right of consultation and recommendation directly to the Crown.

d. The members of the Order shall adopt such guidelines as they find needful for internal governance of the Order. A copy of said guidelines shall be present at each meeting of the Order

e. Holders of the Order shall be styled as Companions of the Order, be entitled to place after their names the initials C.Q.B.

f. Companions of the Order shall process before simple Grants of Arms.

Section 7.05 The Order of the Sable Banner

a. The Order of the Sable Banner shall consist of those individuals who have exhibited exceptional skill in the science of War, and who have served faithfully as soldiers in the Gleann Abhann Army.

b. The Order is charged with the task of assisting the Order of the Chivalry in the muster and training of the Gleann Abhann Army in times of War.

c. Induction into this Order is accompanied by a Grant of Arms to the recipient if they do not already have one.

d. While election into the order rests solely with the Crown of Gleann Abhann, members of the Order have the right of consultation and recommendation directly to the Crown.

e. The members of the Order shall adopt such guidelines as they find needful for internal governance of the Order. A copy of said guidelines shall be present at each meeting of the Order.

f. Members of the Chivalry may only be inducted into the Order under Emeritus status. Any member of the order be subsequently elevated to the Chivalry shall assume Emeritus status within the Order.

g. Companions of the Order shall be styled as the King’s Bannermen, and be entitled to place after their names the initials C.S.B.

h. Companions of the Order shall have the right to bear a sable pennoncel with a Ram clymant above their personal banner or upon their spear.

i. Companions of the Order shall process before simple Grants of Arms.


Article VIII. Grant of Arms

Section 8.01 A Grant of Arms may be awarded at the pleasure of the Crown to those individuals of outstanding achievement. The bestowal of a Grant of Arms is a serious matter, and should not be done lightly.

Section 8.02 Those with a Grant of Arms shall process ahead of Gleann Abhann Orders carrying an Award of Arms.


Article IX. Baronial Orders

Section 9.01 Each Barony within Gleann Abhann shall have each have a single order which, at the pleasure of the Crown, may carry with it an Award of Arms with the permission and cooperation of the Crown of Gleann Abhann. These orders shall be granted by the Territorial Baronage of the respective barony for exceptional service to said barony and are listed below in alphabetical order.

a. The Order of the Axe – Barony of Axemoor.

b. The Order of Denial – Barony of Grey Niche.

c. The Order of the Diamond Bear – Barony of Small Grey Bear.

d. The Order of the Golden Sea Lion – Barony of Seleone.

Section 9.02 Companions of these orders shall process before those awarded simple Awards of Arms.


Article X. Orders of Gleann Abhann

Section 10.01 The Order of the Arrow and Bolt

a. The Order of the Arrow and Bolt shall consist of those individuals displaying exceptional proficiency in the martial arts of Live Weapons and Target Archery.

b. Holders of the Order shall be entitled to place after their names the initials O.A.B. and shall be entitled to bear the badge of the Order.

c. This order shall bear with it an Award of Arms if the recipient is not already armigerous and shall process in the march ahead of the Baronial Orders.

Section 10.02 The Order of the Combatant Ram

a. The Order of the Combattant Ram shall consist of those individuals displaying exceptional proficiency and instruction in the Martial Arts.

b. Martial Arts includes heavy weapons, light weapons and combat archery.

c. Holders of the Order shall be entitled to place after their names the initials O.C.R. and shall be entitled to bear the badge of the Order.

d. This order shall bear with it an Award of Arms if the recipient is not already armigerous and shall process in the march ahead of the Baronial Orders.

Section 10.03 The Order of the Onyx Chalice

a. The Order of the Onyx Chalice shall consist of those individuals performing significant and steady service to the Kingdom.

b. Holders of the Order shall be entitled to place after their names the initials O.O.C. and shall be entitled to bear the badge of the Order.

c. This order shall bear with it an Award of Arms if the recipient is not already armigerous and shall process in the march ahead of the Baronial Orders.

Section 10.04 The Order of the Silver Ram

a. The Order of the Silver Ram shall consist of those individuals displaying proficiency in the Arts and Sciences.

b. Holders of the Order shall be entitled to place after their names the initials O.S.R. and shall be entitled to bear the badge of the Order.

c. This order shall bear with it an Award of Arms if the recipient is not already armigerous and shall process in the march ahead of the Baronial Orders.

Section 10.05 The Order of the Shepherds

a. The Order of the Shepherds shall consist of those individuals performing exceptional service for the children of Gleann Abhann and shall be presented at the pleasure of the Crown.

b. Members may place the initials G.A.S after their name and shall be entitled to bear the badge of the Order.

c. This order shall bear with it an Award of Arms if the recipient is not already armigerous and shall process in the march ahead of the Baronial Orders.


Article XI. Award of Arms

Section 11.01 In Gleann Abhann, An Award of Arms may be given at the pleasure of the Crown to those individuals who they deem worthy of recognition for their various achievements.


Article XII. Non-Armigerous Awards

Section 12.01 The Order of the Jeweled Horn

a. The Order of the Jeweled Horn shall consist of those individuals displaying exceptional courtesy, honor, chivalry, and nobility and who embody what is means to be from Gleann Abhann and a member of this Society.

b. One male and one female shall be accepted into the order per reign.

c. Holders of the Order shall be entitled to place after their names the initials O.J.H. and shall be entitled to bear the badge of the Order.

Section 12.02 The Order of the Lamb

a. The Order of the Lamb shall consist of those children performing exceptional service.

b. Holders of the Order shall be entitled to place after their names the initials O.L.G.A. and shall be entitled to bear the badge of the Order.

Section 12.03 Citizen of Gleann Abhann

a. This order is given to those gentles who are subjects of another Sovereign Kingdom who have rendered great service and dedication to the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann. It is an honorary bestowal of particular dignity, but does not affect their Subject status as defined in the Governing Documents of the SCA, Inc.

b. Holders of the Order shall be entitled to style themselves as Honorary Citizens of Gleann Abhann and shall be accorded the right to bear the badge of the populace of Gleann Abhann.

c. This order does not affect the precedence or armigery of the recipient.

d. Companions of the Citizen of Gleann Abhann are entitled to have their full achievement listed in the Gleann Abhann Order of Precedence upon their request. Update of this achievement is the sole responsibility of the Citizen.

Section 12.04 Queen’s Order of the Argent Rose

a. This award shall be conferred by the Queen of Gleann Abhann upon such subjects as she deems worthy by reason of their consistently exemplary courtesy to subjects of all ranks. The Queen may, if she sees fit, call upon the members of this order to assist her with their aid or advice in encouraging courteous behavior, whenever she may deem this necessary. The members of the order shall be bound to assist the Queen to the best of their abilities when called upon in this fashion.

b. This award is given from the hand of Her Royal Majesty.

c. Holders of this Order shall be entitled to place after their names the initials A.R. and shall be entitled to bear the badge of the Order.

Section 12.05 King’s Order of Condatis

a. This award shall recognize those who have distinguished themselves by their excellent contributions to the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann. This award is primarily for large one time roles or projects in service to the Kingdom at Large.

b. This award is given from the hand of His Royal Majesty.

c. Holders of this Order shall be entitled to place after their names the initials O.C. and shall be entitled to bear the badge of the Order.


Article XIII. Orders of Royal Service

Section 13.01 The Order of the Jeweled Ring

a. The Order of the Jeweled Ring shall consist of those individuals or groups who have offered great service to Her Royal Majesty.

b. This order shall be given by Her Royal Majesty, and shall be signified by a ring from Her hand.

c. Holders of the Order shall be entitled to place after their names the initials O.J.R. The Order bears no badge.

Section 13.02 The Sovereign’s Letter of Endorsement

a. The Sovereigns Letter of Endorsement shall be given to of those individuals or groups who have offered great service to His Royal Majesty.

b. The Letter of Endorsement shall be given by His Royal Majesty,

c. Holders of the Order shall be entitled to place after their names the initials S.L.E. The Order carries no badge.

Section 13.03 The Order of the Gleann Abhann Bard

a. The Order of the Gleann Abhann Bard shall consist of those individuals who have served the Crown as Bard during Their reign.

b. This award may be given only once per reign, and companions shall be elected only once to this Order, though they may serve the Kingdom as Bard upon more than one occasion.

Section 13.04 The Order of the Gleann Abhann Equestrian

a. The Order of the Gleann Abhann Equestrian shall consist of those individuals who have served the Crown as Equestrian Champion during Their reign.

b. This award may be given only once per reign, and companions shall be elected only once to this Order, though they may serve the Kingdom as Equestrian Champion upon more than one occasion.

Section 13.05 The Order of the Gleann Abhann Kings Champion

a. The Order of the Gleann Abhann Kings Champion shall consist of those individuals who have served Gleann Abhann as the Kings Champion.

b. This award may be given only once per reign, and companions shall be elected only once to this Order, though they may serve as Kings Champion upon more than one occasion.

c. Election into this order shall rest solely with His Royal Majesty.

Section 13.06 The Order of the Gleann Abhann Queens Champion

a. The Order of the Gleann Abhann Queens Champion shall consist of those individuals who have served Gleann Abhann as the Queens Champion.

b. This award may be given only once per reign, and companions shall be elected only once to this Order, though they may serve as Queens Champion upon more than one occasion.

c. Election into this order shall rest solely with Her Royal Majesty.

Section 13.07 The Order of the Gleann Abhann Rapier Champion

a. The Order of the Gleann Abhann Rapier shall consist of those individuals who have served the Crown as Rapier Champion during Their reign.

b. This award may be given only once per reign, and companions shall be elected only once to this Order, though they may serve the Kingdom as Rapier Champion upon more than one occasion.

Section 13.08 The Order of the Gleann Abhann Yeoman

a. The Order of the Gleann Abhann Yeoman shall consist of those individuals who have served the Crown as Yeoman during Their reign.

b. This award may be given only once per reign, and companions shall be elected only once to this Order, though they may serve the Kingdom as Yeoman upon more than one occasion.

Section 13.09 The Order of the Gleann Abhann Poet

a. The Order of the Gleann Abhann Poet shall consist of those individuals who have served the Crown as Poet Laureate during Their reign.

b. This award may be given only once per reign, and companions shall be elected only once to this Order, though they may serve the Kingdom as Poet upon more than one occasion.

Section 13.10 The Order of the Gleann Abhann Sentry

a. The Order of the Gleann Abhann Sentry shall consist of those individuals who have served the Crown as Sentry (Thrown Weapons Champion) during Their reign.

b. This award may be given only once per reign, and companions shall be elected only once to this Order, though they may serve the Kingdom as Sentry upon more than one occasion.

Section 13.11 The Order of the Argent Keystone

a. The Order of the Argent Keystone shall consist of those groups/households performing service unto the Kingdom and shall be presented at the pleasure of the Crown. Members may place the initials G.A.A.T. after their name and shall be styled as Companions of the Argent Keystone. The Order shall carry no arms or otherwise affect the precedence of the individual who receives this award


Article XIV. Augmentations of Arms

Section 14.01 An Augmentation of Arms may be bestowed by the Crown upon the arms of any individual or group for exceptional service to the Kingdom of a nature not normally recognized through Society Awards; e.g., actions of a particularly honorable, longstanding, or charitable nature.

Section 14.02 This augmentation shall take the form of a rams head cabossed argent, collared gules, or the form of a rams head cabossed argent, collared sable as appropriate to the arms of the recipient.